Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punchbowl



London Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6AB

Tel: +44 (0)1428 604040

View over the Devils Punchbowl in Hindhead Surrey


Discover the beautiful Devil's Punch Bowl, a 282 hectare open heathland and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, situated just to the east of the village of Hindhead in Surrey. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the breath-taking scenery, stunning views and hidden surprises make this an ideal destination for walkers and familes a like. 

Look out for the grazing cattle and wild ponies, the old A3 road that once passed around the Devils Punchbowl (marked with its own sign), the shady woods and colourful trees. Why not head out along the 4.5 mile walk that takes you around the top of the punchbowl.  This is generally better in the winter when the view are not obstructed by the trees. 

There’s plenty of space for family adventures and some lovely picnic spots too  You can pop into the Devils Punchbowl cafe serving light bites, hot food and drinks.  This site and cafe are managed by the National Truse. Toliets are also available here when the cafe is open.

Parking is available Devils Punch Bowl car park. 

Why is it known as the Devils Punchbowl?

The legend is that the Devil scooped up a handfuls of earth tormenting the god Thor and hurling it at him, leaving a great depression/hole that you can see today,

Why can you see the old A3 road whilst visiting the Devils Punchbowl?

In 2011, the Hindhead Tunnel was built to allow traffic to pass under the Devils Punch Bowl rather than around it, joining up the A3 all the way from London to Portsmouth. This enhanced the character of the area making it a major attraction for walkers and sightseers who can enjoy the peace of the heath and woodland.

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